Plans in works to expand Family Dollar building

Plans are in the works to expand the building that houses Family Dollar in West Coxsackie Plaza. Melanie Lekocevic/Columbia-Greene Media

COXSACKIE — The owner of the building that houses Family Dollar in West Coxsackie Plaza on Route 9W is looking to expand the store.

Paul Calcagno of Paul Calcagno Jr. Development, based in Kinderhook, presented his preliminary plans to the Coxsackie Town Planning Board on Thursday.

“Family Dollar is looking to expand,” Calcagno said. “I don’t know exactly how many square feet they want. They have said numerous times that they want to expand at that location, but I told them I would go before the planning board to see what the possibilities are.”

Calcagno owns the building and the land, and has leased it to Family Dollar for 30 years.

“My father built that building,” Calcagno said. “We don’t run the store, we just lease the building.”

The building is 7,000 square feet, and Calcagno said after the meeting that the preliminary plans indicate the expansion could add 3,000 to 4,000 square feet to the structure, but it is still too early in the process to commit to a firm number.

With the building’s expansion would come additional parking spaces, which Calcagno could add to the south end of the property, he said.

Town Planning Board Chairman Bruce Haeussler said Calcagno would need to have a survey done of the property before any determinations can be made, but supported the concept of expanding the store.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Hauessler said. “If I don’t have to drive to Walmart, that’s great.”

Planning board member Linda Deubert asked whether renovations will be made in addition to the expansion plans.

“Will you upgrade the look of the building? It will look nicer?” Deubert asked.

Calcagno responded that improvements to the building were part of the plan.

“Absolutely. We will upgrade the whole building and make it look like a whole new building,” Calcagno said, adding all signage would be replaced.

With plans preliminary at this point, a specific start date for the project is not known at this time, but Calcagno said he expects to begin work later this year.

“We are looking to start construction this year,” he said. “We have to go through the process here. We would love to start in the fall and have it done by the spring.”

Calcagno will pay the cost of the renovation project and will do all of the construction, he said. With specific details not yet available, he did not have a projected budget.

A spokesperson for Family Dollar could not be reached for comment at press time.

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